The novel Coronavirus pandemic has dealt a major blow to human life all over the world, as well as putting a half to daily activities, including sports. In such a time of crisis, former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar made a request to India for 10000 ventilators, and also proposed a three match One Day International series between the two cricketing rivals to raise funds for fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. However, a response to Akhtar’s idea of a bilateral series in such worrying times has been turned down by Kapil Dev, who feels the idea is just too risky at the moment.
In a recent interview with PTI, Shoaib Akhtar forwarded his appear for a fundraising behind closed doors bilateral series between the countries, who haven’t faced each other outside any ICC tournaments in the recent years, due to the diplomatic tension between the neighbouring nations.
However, Kapil Dev states that India isn’t lacking any funds, and also said that organising a cricket series at a time when all sporting activities are cancelled or postponed can prove risky for the players.
Speaking to PTI, the 1983 world cup winning captain said: “He (Akhtar) is entitled to his opinion but we don’t need to raise the money. We have enough. For us, what is important right now is that how our authorities work together to deal with this crisis. I am still seeing a lot of blame game on television from the politicians and that needs to stop.”
Mentioning BCCI’s recent pledge to the PM CARES Fund, Dev stated that India doesn’t need any fundraising series at the moment.
“Anyway, the BCCI has donated a hefty amount (Rs 51 crore) for the cause and is in a position to donate much more if the need arises. It doesn’t need to raise funds,” the 61 year old told reporters.
Worrying about the current virus crisis only worsening in the coming days, the former all rounder added that a cricket match would only mean high risk for the players: “The situation is unlikely to get normal anytime soon and organising a cricket game means putting our cricketers at risk which we don’t need to.”
“It is just not worth the risk. And how much money can you make from three games? In my view, you can’t even think of cricket for the next five to six months,” Dev concluded.
Over 16,00,000 people all over the world have been infected till date, and 95,718 patients have succumbed to the deadly virus.